SUBANG JAYA: A group of about 50 people stormed the Serdang Hospital
mortuary on Tuesday night and locked themselves inside for three hours
with the body of a youth who had died earlier in police custody.
The body of A. Kugan, 22, an odd-job worker, was
the subject of police investigation as his family had alleged he was a
victim of police brutality.
Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar
The group had allegedly pushed out a medical assistant and his two
staff before conducting their own checks on the body. They left the
mortuary about 2.30am.
When the hospital staff went inside,
they found that the clothes had been torn off the body. The medical
assistant immediately lodged a police report.
Kugan had been detained at the Subang Taipan police station since Jan 14.
He collapsed on Tuesday while being interrogated. His body was sent to the hospital for a post-mortem.
Selangor police chief Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar questioned the motive of
the group, saying it was tantamount to tampering with evidence.
"The investigating officer was not present nor was the doctor. What were they doing with the body?"
Hours after the group left the mortuary, photographs allegedly showing
bruises on Kugan's body were circulated on the Internet and among
"Do they want to see justice done or just hamper
police investigations? Let us conduct the investigations first. Do not
take the law into your own hands," Khalid said, promising a fair and
Kugan's family and several political parties
lodged police reports yesterday urging the authorities to investigate
the cir*****stances leading to his death.
Kugan's father, R.
Ananthan, demanded that those responsible for his son's death be
brought to justice, adding that there were bruises on Kugan's neck,
back, hands, legs and wrists.
Some 200 people, including
representatives of MIC and Pakatan Keadilan Rakyat, (PKR), accompanied
Ananthan to the police station here yesterday, carrying placards and
photographs of Kugan.
Kugan was arrested after a car chase in Sungai Chua, Kajang.
He was caught after a brief struggle while his accomplice escaped on foot when their car was cornered.
Kugan was being investigated for a series of robberies and theft of luxury cars.